toy story is arguably one of the greatest franchises in film history. Consisting of four films that have grossed over $3 billion in total, the first entry in the series pioneered CG animation and put the responsible studio, Pixar, on the map. However, the latest film in the franchise, Light yearwill be a bit different: rather than serving as a prequel to the original toy storythis new movie is supposed to be what Andy watched as a kid before he became obsessed with Buzz Lightyear.
Since the film will introduce several new faces to the toy story franchise in addition to bringing back some oldies, we’ve put together a handy, easy-to-read guide that will tell you everything you need to know about the cast and characters of Light year.
Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans)
Buzz Lightyear is a character a lot of people are probably familiar with, but this new movie will reveal some information about him that they probably didn’t already know. Similar to his poseable counterpart, this Buzz is a charming and spunky Space Ranger who can also get into trouble from time to time. According to the trailers, Buzz accidentally drops with his crew on an unknown planet. When Buzz takes part in a super-fast test flight that could hopefully bring the team closer to getting home, he and his robot companion Sox go too far in time and end up traveling over sixty- two years in the future. Soon after, they encounter a group of ill-equipped recruits trying to defeat an army of evil robots that is preventing them from returning home.
Chris Evans is best known for playing Captain America in the MCU, but he’s also starred in several other movies over the years, including Scott Pilgrim vs the world, snowdropsand Knives out. Even though Tim Allen voiced Buzz in the first four toy story movies, Light year director Angus Mc Lane told Collider Christine Radish in October 2021 that Evans was his “first and only choice” for the lead role in this film.
Izzy Hawthorne (Keke Palmer)
Izzy Hawthorne is the granddaughter of Buzz’s best friend, Alisha. Before meeting her grandmother’s best friend, Izzy leads a team of rookies fighting off an army of robots that prevents them from leaving the planet.
Keke Palmer has appeared in many movies and TV shows throughout her career. She directed the critically acclaimed 2006 drama Akeelah and the bee, delivering a performance that would become his breakout role. Palmer also played the title character on the beloved Nickelodeon series. True Jackson, Vice President. Other movies and shows she has appeared in include Hustlers and Scream Queens. Palmer also won a Primetime Emmy in 2021 for his comedy web series Turnt Up with the Taylors, a show where she played all the characters. She plays alongside Daniel Kaluuya and steven yeun in the 2022 sci-fi horror film Nopewritten and directed by Academy Award Winner Jordan Pele.
Sox (Peter Sohn)
Sox is a cute little robot cat who acts as Buzz’s personal companion. He accompanies the Space Ranger on his hyper-speed test flight, which he immediately regrets. Sox can also provide sleep stats and sounds, among other things we haven’t seen yet.
Pierre Sohn worked as an animator and screenwriter at Pixar since 2000 before making his directorial debut in 2015 with The Good Dinosaur. He will soon be directing the next Pixar movie Elementary, which takes place in a world where the four elements – earth, wind, fire and water – are personified as living beings. Sohn has also provided his voice for several of the company’s films, including Ratatouille, monster universityand Lucas.
Emperor Zurg (James Brolin)
Emperor Zurg has always been Buzz’s sworn enemy in the toy story franchise. Light year shows Zurg and his robot army preventing Buzz and his new team from leaving the planet. The first full trailer also features a scene where Zurg (or one of his bigger machines) attacks Buzz and the recruits. However, the big question is whether Zurg is Buzz’s father in this film like he is in toy story 2?
James Brolin has a very rich acting career. He has starred in several TV shows, including Marcus Welby, MD, Hoteland life in pieces as well as several films including Skyjacked, Westworldand Traffic. James is also the actor’s father Josh Brolinwho played another big bad in another hit franchise starring Chris Evans.
Mo Morrison (Taika Waititi)
Mo Morrison is one of two other Space Rangers in Izzy Hawthorne’s ragtag group of recruits fighting Zurg’s army. In the second full trailer, Mo says he joined this team because he thought it would be “a fun workout for boot camp.”
Taika Waititi has gained a lot of attention as an actor and filmmaker over the past few years. The New Zealand native has appeared in several movies and TV shows including free guy, The Mandalorianand The Suicide Squad in addition to playing the MCU character Korg. Additionally, Waititi co-wrote and co-directed the 2014 horror comedy What we do in the shadows. He has also made his own films, including Wilderpeople Hunt, Thor: Ragnarokand JoJo Rabbit, the last of which won him the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Some of Waititi’s upcoming projects are the MCU sequel Thor: Love and Thunderthe sports biopic The next goal winsand the name yet to be named star wars film.
Darby Steel (Dale Soules)
Darby Steel is the second of two other Space Rangers in Izzy Hawthorne’s ragtag group of recruits fighting Zurg’s army. The second full trailer reveals that Darby is an elderly explosives expert who helps Izzy as it will take some time off her sentence – whatever it is.
Dale Soules is best known for playing Frieda Berlin in the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series Orange is the new black. She also appeared in several Broadway productions, including Hair, gray gardensand the crucible.
Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Abuda)
Alisha Hawthorne is Buzz’s best friend and commander. The first trailer shows Alisha reciting the first half of Buzz’s iconic catchphrase, indicating how close the two are. She’s probably no longer alive after Buzz travels sixty-two years into the future since the second full trailer shows a statue of her that Buzz greets. Alisha will also deliver a gay kiss that was originally cut before being restored in response to the backlash against the Disney CEO Bob Chapeck for his support of Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill, making Light year the first animated feature aimed at young audiences to have a homosexual kiss.
Uzo Abuda is another Light year cast member who is known for her work on Orange is the new black, for which she won two Emmys. Other shows Abuda has appeared in include Mrs America (for which she won her third Emmy), Processingand Steven Universe.
Additionally, the film features Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Thread) as Commander Burnside, Efren Ramirez (Napoleon Dynamite) like Diaz, and Marie McDonald-Lewis (G.I. Joelisten)) as IVAN Real-life British Astronaut Tim Peak will also voice a character named “Tim from Mission Control”. We’ll learn more about these and other characters when Light year in theaters June 17, 2022.